Why stand for election?

Do you have the skills and experience to influence our strategy? Can you shape the future of the accountancy profession? Our Council members want to get more involved with their membership body and to give something back too. Interested?

“If you’ve got the skills and abilities and you can offer what ACCA needs from a Council member - then go for it.” Pauline Hobson, Council member

And you’ll get something in return for your commitment. As a Council member, you’ll have a unique opportunity to build your personal profile, gain leadership skills and get exposure to other experts in the profession.

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Who can stand for election?

Any member can stand for election. You’ll need to meet our rules for eligibility as defined by bye-law 15 (PDF, 6KB).

Nominations are now invited. 

To register your interest in standing for election, please contact the Secretary at:

ACCA Secretary
The Adelphi
1-11 John Adam Street

Email: secretariat@accaglobal.com

The closing date for this year's nominations is 30 August. 

See further guidance for standing for election to Council.

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What happens after I register my interest?

You will receive an information pack, including two documents which must be completed and returned by 30 August:

  • a nomination pro-forma to complete. You will need nominations from 10 named supporters, who need to be ACCA members in good standing.
  • a pro-forma to confirm that you will comply with ACCA’s Standing Orders and Code of Practice.

Once your candidacy is confirmed, we'll ask you for an election statement of around 500 words. And we’ll also ask for a head and shoulders photograph. We’ll send these to our members along with their AGM papers. You can also supply a short video in support of your nomination. 

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Election timetable


Nominations close on 30 August. If you would like to stand for election, make sure we receive your nomination and supporting information by then.


We'll circulate candidate details to all members as part of the AGM information pack. Online and postal voting opens on 12 October.


Voting closes on 23 November. Results will be announced at our AGM on 30 November.

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How do I get elected?

Voting in elections is open to all members and opens 12 October 2017. Those candidates who receive most votes at the closing date of 23 November will be elected to vacant seats on Council. Results of the elections will be announced at the Annual General Meeting on 30 November.

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Council responsibilities

Council has a wide-ranging remit that includes:

  • ensuring that we operate in the public interest and deliver the objectives stated in our Royal Charter
  • setting the overall direction of ACCA through regular approval of our strategy
  • engaging with our members to explain and promote our strategic direction
  • providing an objective environment for the executive team to explore new ideas or challenges. 

Council members act on behalf of the whole ACCA membership and are responsible for ensuring that our development continues in line with our stated mission and values.

By doing this, Council has an important public value role, being ultimately responsible for safeguarding our reputation, image and brand. This ensures that these are protected and improved for the benefit of existing and future members, their clients, employers and the public at large.

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How much time do I need to commit?

Members are elected to Council for an initial term of three years. Council members must then either retire or stand for re-election. Members can serve for a maximum of nine years, but this can be extended to 12 years if they become an Officer in their last term.

There are four Council meetings every year. There are also seminars and dinners prior to Council meetings. You’ll be asked to participate in regular Council communications, standing committee and also to representing ACCA at events.

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More information

Download the Council code of practice (PDF, 122KB) to learn more. 

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